National Science Foundation GRFP

The NSF GRFP provides a $34,000/year stipend and $12,000/year cost-of-education allowance for up to 3 years of research-based study leading to a MS or PhD in science, engineering, social science, or STEM education in eligible STEM fields. The mission of the NSF GRFP is to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.  The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.


To be eligible, you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident
  2. Intend to pursue a research-based Master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field
  3. Have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study

Note that you can apply a maximum of two times for the NSF GRFP: the year before you begin graduate school and either your first year or your second year of graduate school.

Link to Official Website


Recommender Resources

Official NSF Advice for GRFP Letters of RecommendationFurther Advice (from an experienced fellowship advisor, courtesy of Penn State, which includes samples)

Next Steps 


If you are interested in fellowships for after the completion of your undergraduate degree, please first submit the pre-application. 

CUSE Pre-Application for Post-Graduate Fellowships 

A CUSE advisor will then be in touch if your profile has been matched to any fellowships.